Thomas Hinchliffe QC

Called to the bar 1997 Took silk 2016 Silk

Practice Area

Tom Hinchliffe practices in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trade marks, passing off, copyright, registered designs and design right and confidential information.

A significant part of Tom’s practice relates to hi-tech patent work. He has particular experience in relation to pharmaceutical and biotechnological patents and has been instructed in many of the leading cases in this field in recent years. Another area of Tom’s expertise is telecommunication patents, in particular relating to mobile telephones, smartphones and ADSL.

Tom is ranked as a leading silk by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for Intellectual Property and Information Technology.  Prior to his appointment as a silk, Tom was ranked by Chambers & Partners as the “star individual” at the junior bar for intellectual property and in the top tier of leading juniors by Legal 500.

Education & Career

Education

  • Brasenose College, Oxford (1995 MA, First Class Hons. Chemistry)
  • City University (1996, Diploma in Law, Distinction)
  • Inns of Court School of Law (1997, top of year, graded Outstanding and Scarman scholar)

Career

  • Called to the Bar in 1997, Middle Temple
  • Editor 18th Edition of ‘Terrell on Patents’.  Contributor to the 15th and 16th Editions
  • Took Silk 2016
  • Member of the Intellectual Property Bar Association and the Chancery Bar Association

Pharmaceuticals

  • Mylan & Synthon v Yeda & Teva [2017] EWHC 2629 (Copaxone, multiple sclerosis, Arrow declarations, anticipation by equivalents)
  • Illumina v Premaitha [2017] EWHC 2930 (Non-invasive pre-natal diagnosis, Down’s Syndrome)
  • Mylan, Teva and Accord v Merck Sharp & Dohme [2017] EWHC 539 (Pat) (SPC, combination products, art 3(a) & 3(c), HIV anti-virals, Atripla)
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp v Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks Case C-567-16; [2017] RPC 2 (SPCs, Medicinal Products Directive, Decentralised procedure, End-of-Procedure notices, Art 3(b), references to the CJEU)
  • Actavis v Eli Lilly [2016] EWHC 1955 (pat) (male erectile dysfunction, tadalafil, formulation)
  • Hospira v Cubist [2016] EWHC 1285 (pat); [2018] EWCA civ 12 (daptomycin, purification, chromatography)
  • Synthon v Teva [2015] EWHC 1395 (Pat) (multiple sclerosis, Copaxone, expert witnesses)
  • Novartis v Focus, Actavis and Teva [2016] EWCA Civ 1295; [2015] EWHC 1068 (Pat) (rivastigmine patches, dosing regime)
  • Merck v Sigma Case C-539/13; [2015] RPC 30, [2013] R.P.C. 35; [2013] RPC 1 & 2 (SPC, parallel imports, treaty of accession to the EU of Poland; scope of orders for delivery up, Patents County Court, Court of Appeal and CJEU)
  • Teva v AstraZeneca [2014] EWHC 2873 (Pat) (combination product for the treatment of asthma, formoterol, budesonide)
  • Generics v Yeda [2014] R.P.C. 4; [2012] EWHC (pat) 1848 (multiple sclerosis, Copaxone, Court of Appeal and Patents Court)
  • Glenmark & Mylan v Wellcome [2013] EWHC 148 (pat) (anti-malarial drugs, Malarone)
  • Omnipharm v Merial [2013] EWCA civ 2; [2012] EWHC (pat) 3393 (“spot-on” formulation of a flea and tick protector for pets, FRONTLINE)
  • Generics v Yeda [2013] FSR 13 (Confidential information; Employers’ powers and duties; Fiduciary duty; In-house lawyers; Injunctions; Patent attorneys)
  • Warner-Lambert v Teva, Phoenix & AAH (interim injunction, atorvastatin)
  • Gedeon Richter v Bayer [2011] EWHC 583 (pat); [2012] EWCA 235 (oral contraceptives)
  • Scinopharm v Eli Lilly [2009] EWHC 631 (pat) (process for making the cancer drug gemcitabine)
  • Generics UK v Daiichi [2009] RPC 23 (ofloxacin, levofloxacin, SPCs on enantiomer products)
  • Actavis v Merck [2008] RPC 26 (finasteride, male pattern baldness, second medical use claims, when Court of Appeal can depart from previous decisions)
  • Generics UK, Teva & Arrow v Lundbeck [2008] RPC 19 (citalopram, escitalopram, enantiomers)
  • Conor Medsystems v Angiotech Pharmaceuticals [2007] RPC 20 & [2006] RPC 28 (Court of Appeal & Patents Court, approach to obviousness, drug eluting cardiovascular stents)
  • Mayne Pharma v Debiopharm [2006] FSR 37 (Patents Court, waiver of privilege by service of Notice of Experiments, oxaliplatin)
  • Merck & Co., Inc’s Patents [2004] FSR 16 & [2003] FSR 24 (Patents Court, Court of Appeal, validity, alendronate, bone resorption agents)
  • Pharmacia/Monsanto v Merck [2002] RPC 775 & [2000] RPC 709 (Patents Court & Court of Appeal, patent infringement and validity – Cox II inhibitors, tautomers)

Biotechnology

  • Eli Lilly v Genentech [2017] (IL-17, psoriasis, Ixekizumab, Taltz, jurisdiction to seek declarations of non-infringement of foreign patents)
  • Merck v Ono [2015] EWHC 2973 (pat) (anti PD-1 antibodies for treating cancer)
  • Teva v Amgen [2013] EWHC 3711 (Pat) (PEGylated G-CSF; power of the Court to grant declaratory relief concerning a patent over a former proprietor of the patent)
  • Hospira v Kennedy Institute [2013] (biosimilar compounds, TNFα, infliximab)
  • Janssen v Bayer [2011] (monoclonal antibody, TNFα)
  • Kirin-Amgen v HMR/TKT [2003] RPC 31 (recombinant erythropoietin, amendment of a patent, good faith and reasonable skill & knowledge)

Telecoms

  • Philips v Asus & HTC [2018] EWHC 1732 (pat) (UMTS mobile telephones, HSDPA, power control, dedicated pilot bits)
  • Philips v Asus & HTC [2018] EWHC 1224 (pat) (UMTS mobile telephones, HSDPA, power control, ACK/NACK differential gains)
  • Unwired Planet v Samsung [2016] EWHC 94 (pat) (UMTS mobile telephones, measurement reporting; FRAND)
  • Philips v Nintendo [2014] EWHC 1959 (Pat) (Nintendo Wii, motion controllers, 3D virtual body modelling)
  • Philips v Nintendo [2014] EWHC 3177 (Pat) (patents, post-trial amendments, leaving patent on the register of patent in partially valid state with claims that the Court has found to be invalid)
  • Samsung v Apple [2014] EWCA Civ 250 (patents, stays of appeals pending application for a central limitation in the EPO)
  • Vringo v ZTE [2014] EWHC 3924 (patents, UMTS mobile telephones, Serving RNC relocation)
  • Vringo v ZTE [2013] EWHC 1591 (Pat) (patents, application for determination of a FRAND royalty rate in advance of ant trial on the validity and infringement)
  • Samsung v Apple [201] 3 EWHC 467 (Pat) (Patents, UMTS mobile telephones, error coding)
  • Research in Motion v Motorola [2010] EWHC 118 (pat) (mobile email)
  • Qualcomm v Nokia [2008] EWHC 329 (pat) (Mobile telephones, patents, infringement, validity, essentiality)
  • Research in Motion UK Limited v Visto [2008] EWHC 355 (pat) (BlackBerry computers, obviousness, computer software patents)
  • Research in Motion UK Limited v Visto [2007] EWHC 900 (Ch) (BlackBerry computers, abuse of process by commencement of proceedings in Italy, dismissal under Art. 28 Brussels Regulation)
  • Aerotel Limited v Telco (Summary revocation of a Patent, method of doing business, patentability)
  • Research in Motion UK Limited v Inpro Licensing SARL [2007] EWCA Civ 51 & [2006] RPC 20 (Court of Appeal & Patents Court, BlackBerry handheld computers)

Medical and Mechanical Devices

  • AGA v Occlutech [2014] EWHC 2506 (Pat) & [2013] EWHC 3180 (Pat) (medical devices, vascular septal defect occluders, prior uses, confidentiality of prior use, obviousness and the common general knowledge; application to adduce further evidence after close of evidence)
  • Perini v LPC UK and PCMC Italia [2012] RPC 30 (damages inquiry, machines for make wound tissue paper). Also [2009] EWHC 1929 and [2010] EWCA 525 (liability part of same case)
  • Datacard v Eagle Technologies [2011] RPC 17 (printer ribbons, RFID tags)
  • Abbott Laboratories Ltd v Medinol Ltd [2010] EWHC 2865 (Pat) (cardiovascular stents)
  • Triumph Actuation Systems LLC (formerly Frisby Aerospace LLC) v Aeroquip-Vickers Ltd [2007] EWHC 1367 (Airbus A320, Power Transfer Unit, Hydraulic systems, shuttle valves, Post-grant amendments)
  • Conor Medsystems v Angiotech Pharmaceuticals [2007] RPC 20 & [2006] RPC 28 (Court of Appeal & Patents Court, approach to obviousness, drug eluting cardiovascular stents)
  • Stanelco v BioProgress (No.1) & (No.2) [2005] RPC 15 & 16 (Patents Court, RF welding, patent entitlement and breach of confidence, application to adduce further evidence after judgment)
  • Coflexip v Stolt Comex (No.2) [2004] FSR 7 & 34 (Patents Court & Court of Appeal, sub-sea pipelaying, patent infringement, inquiry as to damages, estoppel as to validity, CPC Art. 33)
  • Coflexip v Stolt Comex [2001] RPC 182 (Court of Appeal, subsea pipelaying, infringement, validity, scope of final injunctions)
  • Coflexip v Stolt Comex [2003] FSR 41 (Court of Appeal, patent infringement, inquiry as to damages, loss of profit, causation)

CJEU & EPO

Court of Justice of the European Union

  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp v Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks Case C-567-16 (SPCs, Medicinal Products Directive, Decentralised procedure, End-of-Procedure notices, Art 3(b), references to the CJEU)
  • Merck v Sigma Case C-539/13; [2015] RPC 30, [2013] R.P.C. 35; [2013] RPC 1 & 2 (SPC, parallel imports, treaty of accession to the EU of Poland; scope of orders for delivery up, Patents County Court, Court of Appeal and CJEU)

The European Patent Office

  • T812/00 (Thiophenes/Searle et al)

Trade Marks, Designs and Copyright

  • Datacard v Eagle Technologies [2011] RPC 17 (trade mark, printer ribbons)
  • Badge Sales v PMS International Group PLC [2006] FSR 1 (High Court, design right, secondary infringement, whether innocent acquisition a bar to interim injunction)
  • Fulton v Totes [2004] RPC 301 & [2003] RPC 499 (Patents County Court & Court of Appeal, umbrella cases, design right and registered designs, construction of the statutory definition of a design)
  • Euromarket Designs v Peters [2001] FSR 288 (trade marks, use of trade marks on websites, revocation for non-use)
  • Scandecor v Scandecor [1999] FSR 26 (passing off/trade marks, ownership of goodwill)
  • Round v Redfearn (November 1998) High Court, design right, beer bottles)

Personal

Regular competitor in triathlons – has represented Great Britain at both World Short and Long Course Triathlon Championship and has been a bronze medalist in his age group at the European Triathlon Championships.

Highlighted for his abilities handling biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent litigation matters. He is also experienced at acting in telecommunications and electronic patent disputes. Sources are quick to highlight his polished advocacy, his incisiveness and his commercial awareness.

His advocacy was very good and his cross-examination was very well structured and detailed.” “He has a gigantic brain and has the ability to translate his brainpower into client-friendly advice.”

Recent work: Acted in Merck Sharp and Dohme v Comptroller, where Merck made reference to the CJEU concerning an application for a supplementary protection certificate for its combination cholesterol drug Atozet.

Chambers & Partners 2019, Intellectual Property, Band 2

An IP and IT expert who has a rising market profile due to his work in high-stakes technology cases, especially those involving telecoms and data transmission.

“Has great technical knowledge, is very easy to work with and has a positive can-do attitude.” “A very good court advocate who is calm and effective.”

Recent work: Acted for Asus in Phillips v Asus, a case involving standards relating to 4G mobile data access.

Chambers & Partners 2019, Information Technology, Band 3

Understands very well that clients judge their lawyers not only on how they do in court but also on the service they give.

Legal 500 2019, Intellectual Property, Band 4
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Becoming one of the go-to silks for telecoms work.

Legal 500 2019, Information Technology, Band 4

Thomas Hinchliffe QC is “always brilliant” in the IP space, comment interviewees.  He is particularly well known for this work in high-tech patent matters, including telecoms and biotech patents.  Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2018.

The “exceptional” Thomas Hinchliffe QC is “the go-to barrister” for handling high-tech patent work, according to one commentator.  He has been instructed in many of the leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology cases in the past decade. Who’s Who Legal Patents 2018.

Who's Who Legal 2018

‘Thomas Hinchliffe QC has a litany of patent victories to his name, but is as versatile as they come and adept on any case involving intellectual property.’

World Trade Mark Review, The World's Leading Trademark Professionals for 2017